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Typically whenever a roadmap is announced, people assume that the company will stick to that roadmap and deliver on its promises and then some in a bit to keep up profit levels and attract more customers. AMD has been on track with 15% performance increases between processor families and Intel’s been trucking along with overall increases of 10% per family for years. A recently leaked product diagram, however, may be a blueprint for a future AMD product that could blow Intel out of the water, but it’s not intended for consumers – the internet exploded last weekend when people thought this was a new graphics card.

AMD Volcanic Islands

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Well this is unexpected. Over the weekend a tweet by an AMD representative from their engineering department in the graphics division linked to an article on Japanese-based site 4Gamer, with the article detailing an interview with AMD’s Global Desktop Graphics Product Manager, Devon Nekechuk. In the interview Nekechuk mentions that AMD has plans for a mobile HD8000 refresh codenamed “Solar System”, bringing GCN-based GPUs to the lower end of the mobile lineup, whilst also re-branding their OEM chips as HD8000 cards, possibly with a minor overclock and blower coolers as standard. But they mentioned nothing about a consumer-focused desktop HD8000 lineup, because they don’t plan on launching one until much later this year.

That is a slide no-one likes to see.

That is a slide no-one likes to see.

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